Chicago's Field Museum to Display Rare Mummies in New Exhibit

According to the Associated Press, the Chicago Field Museum's new display next month will be including numerous rare mummies, many of which have not been on display since the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. The museum's "Opening the Vaults: Mummies" display will be open to the public Feb. 17 through April 22 and will feature over 20 mummies, some dating back 5,500 years, from Egypt and Peru.

With this major display heading towards Chicago's Field Museum in about a month, here are some facts about the Field Museum and other rare collections and exhibits that have been featured there in the past:

* The Field Museum debuted on Sept. 16, 1893, as the Columbian Museum of Chicago but changed its name as it is known today in 1905 as a way to honor Marshall Field, a major donor, according to the museum's website.

* Although the museum famously sits in Grant Park, the original location was in Jackson Park at what is now the Museum of Science and Industry; the Grant Park location opened in 1921.

* One of the Field Museum's most well-known exhibits is Sue, which is the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the entire world, reported an article from Britannica.

* In addition to what is on the display, the museum contains a massive amount of artifacts and books in its research collections, specifically housing a library with more than 250,000 volumes and 20 million artifacts.

* In 2006, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of Pharaohs" brought over 130 treasures to the museum with many new items that were not shown during the 1977 tour of the artifacts.

* NBC Chicago noted that the Field Museum featured its "Gold" exhibit in October 2010 through March 2011, an exhibit that included 550 gold specimens, jewelry, and other items.

* The "Gold" display also included Shani Davis' gold models for speed skating, several Academy Award Oscars, and even the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series trophy.

* According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a new permanent exhibit "Restoring Earth" opened this past December to allow the public to see conservation scientists at work.

* The goal of "Restoring Earth" is to give the public a look into the scientific process that details several projects like tracking biodiversity of certain species and preserving areas of the Amazonian rainforest.

* Through collaboration with the New Zealand Museum, last year also made way for the popular "Giants of the Deep" whales exhibit, reported CBS Local.

* The exhibit, also detailing the evolutionary journey of some of the largest creatures on Earth, included a complete 60-foot sperm whale skeleton and alone the skull weighed one ton.

Rachel Bogart provides an in-depth look at current environmental issues and local Chicago news stories. As a college student from the Chicago suburbs pursuing two science degrees, she applies her knowledge and passion to both topics to garner further public awareness.